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President Obama was playing to his most extreme
“green” constituency in his climate and energy speech
at Georgetown University today, blasting global
warming skeptics as “flat-earth society” ostriches with
their heads in the sand. President Obama said he does
not have "patience for anyone who denies that this
problem is real."
"We don't have time for a meeting of the flat-Earth
society," Obama said. "Sticking your head in the sand
might make you feel safer, but it's not going to protect
you from the coming storm." Obama claimed that the
call for urgent action to stem the threat of global
warming is based on the "overwhelming judgment of
science, of chemistry, of physics, and millions of
The president apparently
has not gotten the memos;
his Oval Office staff must
be keeping him in the dark
concerning very important
recent developments in
climate science and even
more significant
developments in climate
and energy policies.
As we reported yesterday, some of the leading voices in the
global warming alarmist choir have been admitting that the
climate catastrophes predicted by the computer models have
not materialized and that the alleged “scientific consensus”
is a fraud. The influential British journal, The Economist,
suggested in an article on June 20, that “the public has been
systematically deceived” for years with all this talk of
certainty and consensus about dire consequences attributed
to man-made, or anthropogenic, global warming (AGW), and
the supposed urgent need for drastic, costly, painful public
policies to address the “crisis.”

"The planet is warming. Human activity is contributing to it,"
Obama said in his Georgetown speech.
The president seems to be unaware that even top climate
alarmists have admitted that there has been no evidence of
global warming for at least the past 15 years. This absence of
warming has been the source of much head scratching,
debating, and theorizing in the climate activist circles. As we
have reported, the UK Met Office and Professor Phil Jones, the
former director of the Climate Research Unit (CRU) of the
University of East Anglia, are among the many alarmists who
have been forced to acknowledge the reality of the lack of any
warming trend or crisis. The New American’s recent articles
(see below) on the false consensus list dozens of top scientists
who have defected from the alarmist ranks, and provide links
showing literally thousands of scientists contest the warming
theories President Obama champions as the basis for his
energy policy proposals.
The president’s energy program, outlined in this White
House Fact Sheet and detailed in “The President’s Climate
Action Plan,” both released today, would place onerous new
restrictions on coal fired power plants and other fossil fuels
and would direct billions more dollars into funding
“renewable energy” sources, such as solar and wind. As we
have reported, these are policies that have already proven
to be enormously wasteful here in the United States, and in
Germany and other European nations (see here and here)
have proven to be disastrous.
Spain has already shown us the destruction that can be
wrought by the kind of government-mandated “green jobs"
President Obama is proposing. Dr. Gabriel Calzada Álvarez
is an Associate Professor at King Juan Carlos University in
Madrid, Spain, where he teaches Applied Economics at the
Environmental Science Faculty. In March 2009, along with
two colleagues from the same University, Dr. Calzada
released a major study on the Spanish experience with
“green jobs.”

In testimony to the U.S. Congress, before the House Select
Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming,
Prof. Calzada presented highlights from the study,
including these sobering facts:
• For every 1 green job financed by Spanish taxpayers, 2.2
jobs were lost as an opportunity cost.
• Only 1 out of 10 green job contracts were in maintenance
and operation of already installed plants, and most of the
rest of the working positions are only sustainable in an
expansive environment related to high subsidies.
• Since 2000, Spain has committed €571,138 ($753,778)
per each “green job,”
• Those programs resulted in the destruction of nearly
110,500 jobs.
• Each “green” megawatt installed on average destroyed
5.39 jobs elsewhere in the economy, and in the case of
solar photovoltaics, the number reaches 8.99 jobs per
megawatt hour installed.
“Spain has already attempted to    scientists of the
lead the world in a clean energy   environmentalist movement in
transformation,” Dr. Calzada       the U.K., has been unsparing in
told the congressmen. “But our     his criticism of wind power and
research shows that Spain’s        his former global-warming
policies were economically         alarmism, which he now says
destructive. When the president    grossly exaggerated the non-
of a country with a relatively     crisis of climate change.
low unemployment rate like the     Professor Fritz Vahrenholt, one
US decides to learn how to         of Germany’s most famous
create jobs from a country like    “greens” and a longtime AGW
Spain with the highest             alarmist and champion of
unemployment rate among            renewable energies, has likewise
developed countries, it should     admitted to having been very,
be in a field where that country   very wrong on these matters.
has a demonstrable track record    Like Lovelock and many other
of job creation. Unfortunately,    leading scientists, Vahrenholt is
this is not the case of job        calling for an end to the climate
creation in Spain through public   change hysteria and an end to
support for renewable energy.”     the "green" lobby attacks on
James Lovelock, considered by      conventional fossil fuels.
many to be one of the “founding
“The Myth of Green Energy Jobs: The European
Experience,” by the American Enterprise Institute, is one
of many reports that surveys the economic and
environmental disasters caused by renewable energy
policies in the EU. This report focuses on the renewables
follies in Denmark, Italy, Spain, Germany, the
Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
Even MSM organs such as USA Today, which normally
hew to the climate catastrophist line, have reported on
Europe’s renewables debacle. Instead of trying to ridicule
renowned scientist skeptics by recycling Al Gore's tired
and discredited quips about scientific consensus and "flat-
earth society" opponents, President Obama's
speechwriters would serve him better by acquainting him
with more of the latest climate research and analyses of
the failed energy policies of those countries that have
already gone down the road the president is proposing for

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